Suicide: A Global Perspective

Indexed in: Scopus, EBSCO.

In the year 2000, approximately one million people died from suicide: a "global" mortality rate of 16 per 100,000, or one death every 40 seconds. In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased ...
[view complete introduction]

US $

*(Excluding Mailing and Handling)

Suicide and Alcohol Abuse

Pp. 40-54 (15)

Marco Innamorati, Maurizio Pompili, Gianluca Serafini, Luigi Janiri, Désirée Harnic, Denise Erbuto and David Lester


Suicide is an escalating public health problem, and alcohol use has consistently been implicated in the precipitation of suicidal behavior. We reviewed evidence for the relationship between alcohol use and suicide through a search of MedLine and PsychInfo electronic databases. The results of our review indicate a clear link between alcohol use disorders and suicide but, to date, the causal nature of this relationship is speculative. The solution may be in research investigating the possible biological, social and psychological variables that mediate this link.


Alcohol abuse, suicidal behaviour, psychiatric disorders.


Department of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Organs Functions, Suicide Prevention Center, Sant’Andrea Hospital, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy